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The 2012 Summer Olympics are taking place in David Beckham's home country, but he's not going to be representing the U.K. on the soccer field. The 37-year-old announced Thursday that he didn't make the cut for Great Britain's soccer team that will compete at this summer's Games in London.
"Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me," he said in a statement, according to People. "I would have been honored to have been part of this unique Team G.B. squad. Like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold."
Beckham participated heavily in campaigning for the Olympics to be held in England and even was a part of the torch-passing ceremony in May. He reportedly found out that he hadn't made the British team late Wednesday, when he got a call from Olympic soccer coach Stuart Pearce.
Beckham has had a huge impact on the British football league and helped his former team, Manchester United, win the Premier League six times, the FA Cup twice and the Champions League once. In 2007, he left ManU and headed to the U.S. to join the Los Angeles Galaxy with a five-year contract. That contract is up in July, so it's not much of a surprise that he wanted to come back to the U.K. and support his country this summer.
"I'm very proud of what I've achieved in my career so far," he told Today at the beginning of June. "I've obviously played for the national team for quite a few years, and now I want to represent the G.B. team in the Olympics."
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